Introduction / 介绍
Mandarin or The Chinese Languages
(汉语/漢語, 华语/華語 or 中文)
is a member of the Sino-Tibetan
family of languages.
Mandarin is a
tonal language, meaning that pitch is used
words. About one-fifth of the world speaks
some form of
Mandarin as its native language, making
it the most common
language in the world.
The Chinese language (spoken in its
Standard Mandarin form)
is the official language of the
of China and
Taiwan , one of four official
languages of Singapore,
and one of six official languages
of the United Nations.
Mandarin is considered by many
to be a language
that is difficult to learn, mainly because
its grammar operates along very
compared to European languages
(for example, you will see no tenses,
or subject-verb agreement, but you will see
counter words, reduplication rules,
and verb completion/direction suffixes)
. In addition,
Chinese is one of the few languages
in the world that does not use
an alphabet or a
syllabary; instead, thousands of
characters are used,
each representing a word or a part of
a word. The government of
China has developed a
system of writing Chinese in the
Roman alphabet, known as Hanyu Pinyin
(汉语拼音/漢語拼音, "spelling according to
sounds"). Hanyu Pinyin is used to write out
Chinese names in English (for example,
"Beijing", "Shanghai", etc.) and helps learners
of Chinese with their pronunciation. This
Mandarin Course will teach you
Hanyu Pinyin first,
before any actual sentences. All examples
and new vocabulary will always be given
together with Hanyu Pinyin.
Benefits of Learning Mandarin in
Mandarin is a Chinese dialect, the
largest of the seven
Chinese dialect groups,
also referred to as standard Chinese.
It is the official language of the People's
China and one of the four official
languages of Singapore.
One fifth of the planet speaks
Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the
mother tongue of over
873 million people,
making it the most widely spoken first
language in the world.
In addition mandarin is also
spoken in important and influential Chinese
communities of Singapore,
Malaysia among many others.
Due to the widespread of mandarin usage
it has replaced Singaporean Hokkien as the
language of the Chinese community in
Mandarin proficiency has been viewed
with greater importance and has risen in terms of
prominence in Singapore.
Learning mandarin has many benefits.
It exposes one to another culture. By
one becomes exposed to the way and manners
the Chinese think and reacts to society.
This aids in giving a different view as to how
different culture interpret and view the world,
and overall understanding and beliefs as well.
It develops one's critical and creative
If you learn the Chinese language you
get to travel
around and meet with the locals in China,
understand their news on lifestyle.
Also doing business in China without
knowing the language
and making connections will be very
the language is a bare minimum in most cases.
Regardless of what the reason may be
is useful but learning mandarin will be
since China is expected to be one of the main
super economic powers in the 21st century.
International business prefer to hire people who
speak more than one language, that which
gives room to pure excellence especially in
Singapore as it is now a regular
language in the community.
Travelers tends to enjoy themselves in the
find themselves if they are conversant
with the mandarin language, as it will give
easy access to social interactions
, interpersonal relationship, and also the ability to
express themselves in an understanding manner.
The study of the Chinese language opens the way
to different important fields
such as Chinese politics, economy, history
But to study Chinese
finally means to study a culture, a people.
At the heart of
is its rich heritage of novels, short stories
, poetry, drama,
and, more recently, film.
They reflect the values, the struggles,
the joys and the sorrows of this
great people and often offer insights even into
the most intimate feelings of people.
To be at ease and effective in a Chinese
learning the language is half the battle,
but knowing about the culture
behind the language is the other.
Each year more and more students
around the world whose mother
tongue is not
Mandarin are studying it with enthusiasm
The study of Chinese literature (mandarin)
and culture will help you
bridge the cultural gap,
better understand your Chinese counterparts,
and create a platform of
knowledge and understanding with
them that is crucial for effective communication.